We can spend a lot of time thinking about and worrying about our next step.
The next step for our marriage.
The next step for our children.
The next step as we grow older.
Our next steps can often seem like they are in a fog – unclear, hard to see.
I’m one of those people who like challenges. I like trying new things. So thinking about my next steps excites me, motivates me. But that doesn’t make them any clearer.
David shows us in 2 Samuel what to do at times like these. David inquired of the Lord. He asked God if the next step he was planning to take – going to a town in Judah- was the right one. And God said, “Go.”
Then David asked for more details – which town was he supposed to go to? And God said, “Hebron.”
So David went.
At this point, David could be 100% sure he was where God wanted him to be. With that assurance came the knowledge that God would be protecting him and blessing him in Hebron.
We can have this assurance as well – that we’re right where God wants us, covered by his love and protection. We just need to ask. God will answer.
James 1 teaches us to believe that God will answer. We need to have no doubts about this. God promises that he will give us generous amounts of wisdom in every situation…..if we ask him and believe.
The answers may not be what we want to hear. David might not have wanted to go to Hebron. But he went. He obeyed. A wise choice.
David believed that God would guide his steps. And God did.
God promised he will do the same for us. One of my favorite verses about this is Proverbs 3: 5&6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
We claim that promise, dear Father. Thank you.